As we have told before in our preview to the Bonhams Zoute sale, the number of Porsches was not overwhelming. It is hard to tell about the quality of the cars being offered on an auction. Of course the auction houses have a catalogue, describing the car. But we all know that auction houses are not always as accurate as they should be. And the only way to determine the real condition of a car, is by having the car PPI’d. And there’s dozens of marque experts available, for whatever car you would like to have examined.
The real fuzz after the Bonhams Zoute Sale, was not about Porsche. The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy ‘long nose’ was the top lot, selling for a total of €2,875,000 (US$3,174,033). With only 60 cars ever built, the rarity of the car definitely played a role in the heavy bidding. Funny thing to know is that the buyer of the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy ‘long nose’ bought another car at the auction : the Citroen 2CV Sahara. (sold for €86,250 inc. premium).
And that flat-engine powered cars brings us flawless to the other flat-engine cars in the Bonhams Zoute Sale : the Porsches. Steal of the auction in that regard, was probably that 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo. The Viper Green car with matching original interior changed hands for €117,300. We expected both the 1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe and the 1970 Porsche 911S to catch higher prices. They hammered respectively at €161,000 and €138,000. Prices that may reflect the current market, even though we had somewhat higher prices in mind.
Anyway, it is clear that the crazy prices paid at auctions some years ago, are gone. And that’s a good thing for the real enthusiast, who doesn’t buy cars as an investment but rather to enjoy them.
All the Porsches in the Bonhams Zoute GP Sale
Hammer prices are premium included.
Lot 8 : 1966 Porsche 912 SWB Coupé Sold for €43,700
Lot 25 : 1965 Porsche 911 2.0 SWB Coupé Sold for €161,000
Lot 39 : 1970 Porsche 911 2.2S Targa Sold for €138,000
Lot 41 : 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.9 Coupé Sold for €117,300
Lot 47 : 1978 Porsche 928 Coupé Sold for €46,000
Pictures courtesy Bonhams Auction house